“I have found even a $50 ticket unpleasant enough,” Brown, left, said in his veto message of Sept. 28.
Brown called current California fines “a powerful deterrent,” adding: “I severely doubt that it will further reduce violations.”
Senate Bill 1310 sponsor Sen. Joe Simitian also was the author of the 2011 plan to double electronic distracted driving fines. That bill, too, was vetoed by Brown as a burden on “people of ordinary means.”
Legislative reports show the state Senate had “consideration of the governor’s veto pending” as of Sept. 28.
The 2012 plan would have increased distracted driving fines by $10. Simitian also sought a point against the licenses of repeat offenders.
Brown took a slap at distracted driving nanny-ism: “Upping the fines may satisfy the punitive instincts of some, but I severely doubt that it will further reduce violations,” Brown said.
Last summer, Brown did approve a guarantee that Californians will be allowed to use hands-free technology to text message while driving. The commuter-friendly plan was billed as “the freedom to communicate act.”
Seeking “any room for compromise,” Simitian lowered the fine increases called for in the 2012 distracted driving bill to $10. The state senator was the author of the state’s texting & handheld cell phone bans.
Electronic distracted driving fines under the vetoed Senate Bill 1310 would have been $30 (first offense) then $60. In the real world, that translated to as much as $251 (depending on county) or $372 out of pocket.